Paul McCartney sues Sony for music rights Beatles
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Paul McCartney has Wednesday a lawsuit filed against Sony/ATV to the rights of songs from The Beatles back to requirements.
The former Beatle claims the numbers back on the basis of a provision in Us copyright law that allows rights after a certain period of time can be recovered. The first number where the 74-year-old musician claims is Love Me Do in October 2018. The rest of the collection would in the years that follow, ending in 2026.
McCartney tie the lawsuit so that it can guarantee that the transfer may not be renewed. To do this, he wants a judicial declaration.
McCartney tries for a long time to seize hits that he wrote with John Lennon between 1962 and 1971. Lawyers have Sony repeatedly asked for the rights back, but the company refused to do so.
Sony bought the rights from the heirs of Michael Jackson, after the singer passed away in 2009. The record company had a whopping 750 million dollars for the rights of thousands of songs, including hundreds of songs of The Beatles (o.a. Yesterday, Come Together, Hey Jude). Jackson had the collection in 1985, purchased for almost $ 50 million.
Sony/ATV is disappointed and speaks of an “unnecessary and premature” judicial process. “Sony/ATV has the greatest respect for Sir Paul McCartney with whom we have a long and mutual relationship have had, and the music of Lennon and McCartney have treasured”, the company said in a statement.